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Finally back to racing!

March 13, 2012 · Posted by Fernando Alonso
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I arrived in Melbourne last night. It’s the longest journey of the year and the prime objective is to adapt as soon as possible to the time difference, as there are no less than ten hours difference between Oviedo and here! I always like coming to this city. The atmosphere is very special, and there is a sense of relaxation and of being laid back that you don’t find so often elsewhere in the world. Australians seem to have found the recipe for the good life. Of course, they have problems like the rest of us and actually it’s hard for us to judge based on a visit that only lasts ten days a year, but that’s the impression I have. Now I can’t wait for this first race weekend to get underway.

This year, we have had even less time than usual to drive the car, given that pre-season testing was shortened even more: six days are definitely not enough to satiate my need to drive! I have said it many times in the past, ours is the only sport where training is banned. Imagine asking Nadal to try out a new racket for just six days or a football player to train just six times before the World Cup! It would be nice to do more testing, but not to the detriment of the races, because nothing beats competition. In fact, after so many kilometres of testing and retesting, finally there’s a whiff of sport in the air. I miss the excitement of qualifying, the thrill of being on the start grid waiting for the lights to go out, the adrenalin rush of the charge to the first corner, in fact I miss everything that makes Formula 1 such an amazing sport. It is always difficult to draw conclusions from testing. Everyone works according to their own programme and you cannot make a true comparison. We definitely still need to improve a lot, working on our understanding of the F2012, adapting my driving style to a new car which, with the loss of aerodynamic downforce at the rear and the new Pirelli tyres, is a bit harder to drive. We know in which direction we need to go in terms of car development and that’s an important step. Sure, we will have to grit our teeth for the first few races, but first of all, we have to see exactly where we are in terms of being competitive and then give our all to bring home as many points as possible in this early stage of the championship. I know the fans always expect to hear me say that we can obtain such and such a result, but the truth is that we cannot say with certainty where we are. We must wait until Saturday evening at six, after qualifying and a bit longer still, until after this first run of races outside Europe.

We have to stay cool and calm and take one step at a time, starting with the race in Melbourne, where we will get an initial impression. Once we know where we stand, then we can set ourselves more precise targets. One thing’s for sure, with the will to win that inhabits everyone at Ferrari and with the history we have behind us, we feel a responsibility to do well: for us, for our fans and for our partners and that goes for all of us. We must all pull together to reach this target.

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  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 11:28 by kimcanada
    Hi there So nice to hear from you, I'll bet you are very anxious to get started, I know I am. You will be great as always, not to worry. My brother is in Australia, he is there until the 1st of April, but he is in Canberra, not sure how far that is from where you are. Wish I could be there :) Good luck this weekend Fingers crossed Kim (Canada)
  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 12:24 by lupe
    Good luck for Melbourne Fernando, even if the car is not capable of a podium, I know that somehow you will reach it.
  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 01:09 by Ivan Shutka
    Hi, Fernando! Thanks for this post. It was very interesting to read! Before the season I wish you luck and many victories! I hope that the team has corrected all problems and you can show good result in Melbourne! Good luck!
  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 01:54 by Michael
    Well said .. be safe enjoy the race and season
  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 02:10 by Adil
    I think that I ve never been that nervous at the start of an f1 season. I wish you all the best, for Felipe and for all the team. As a Ferrari fan, I won't be disappointed if the first races are not good, just let us informed about the future developments (Now that you have a Twitter ;o). Only matter if in the Mugello's test the first exhausts configuration is re-introduced with success . Let's hope that the first races won't be won by the same guy. Please Fernando do not lose the faith if things go bad sunday, go man and do not let any inch. Take all what you can and bring it to us. If we can't win let's SECURE :) . Wins will come for sure later it's just a matter of patience. Forza Ferrari
  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 03:08 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Welcome to Melbourne..^_^ We are happy to hear from you always. Yes, finally there are only few days left before the lights go out. We couldn't wait to hear the engine sound again. Fernando, wishing you & team very good luck and Enjoy the race this weekend. Never give up.!! Please remember,We will be there supporting you..Have a great stay in Melbourne. xoxoxoxox
  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 06:59 by Leif Arvid
    Finally back to racing! I couldn't have said it better myself. It's going to be a long and exciting championship, with new rules and new drivers. Hopefully Ferrari have build you a competitive car. Anyway I know you will give us your best! Go Fernando! Forza Ferrari!
  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 07:14 by Balazs Szabo
    Dear Fernando! You have been my idol since 2005 cos you have been the best driver in the world since then. I would like to let you know you can always trust and build upon our commitment towards you and Ferrari. You should often encourage your whole team to give their very best. I wish all the best to you and I am really looking forward to the Hungarian GP to meet you.
  • Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 09:31 by ali sulaibeekh
    hi fernando, i hope that you take the championship this year and ferrari takes the constructors alsoo. good luck.
  • Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 07:32 by OMAR FALLAH
    GO ON NANO YOU CAN DO IT
  • Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 08:13 by Alberto
    And I'm sure you will reach it!!! You can't wait to start racing and I can't wait to see you racing at your best. My best wishes for this year. Alberto
  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 05:01 by Becky
    I really hope this is the year for Alonso, i have been a fan for a few years now and love to watch him race, he is a true champion. Really looking forward to this season!
  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 08:48 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano... Big Big Big thanks to you today, Thanks for the photos & autographs. We are very happy to meet you again in Albert Park. Yes, Practice session finally only 17 hours away. Wishing you & team will have a very great start this season in Albert Park. FORZA..!!! xoxoxoxo
  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 09:40 by joshua
    alonso the champ!..you have to push the car to perform even harder than you ever had before!..and drive over the powerful new 2012 car!..push faster, quicker and faster than yuo never had before!..GO GO GO!..GOT GET YOUR 3RD WIN CHAMP!..
  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 09:44 by andreas
    hi fernando, am a big fan of yours. wish you all the best for this season. may it be a sussessful one for you and ferrari! thumbs up! i am sure that a team like ferrari is able to turn things around, even if things dont work out as planned in the beginning of the season!
  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 05:59 by Mark C.
    Fernando, Thanks for your comments, I always love reading what you and Felipe are thinking before a race, very personal. We're all behind you guys here in the USA, we're waiting patiently, going to be an exciting weekend! Grazie. Forza Ferrari!! Mark
  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 07:23 by chris
    Good luck for the weekend fernando, im sure you will get the best out of the 2012 car.
  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 07:24 by Munro
    Hi Fernando, may the force be with you, it's a leap year time for a change may good luck shower upon you and Ferrari. You deserve it. (South Africa)
  • Friday, 16 Mar 2012 10:57 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...it was awful weather today, as you can imagine we were so wet sitting on the stand in first corner. Apart from that, we are so excited to watch you racing in front of us. That is amazing, that is awesome!! We know it's hard to judge in this track conditions today, but looking so far so good, at least it's a good start on Friday. It will be a big day tomorrow. We truly believe in you and your boy F2012. Let's keep calm and keep positive, all the best in Qualifying...AVANTI...xoxoxoxoxo
  • Friday, 16 Mar 2012 11:40 by
    Hi Fernando, a huge fan of yours here! Wish you all the best and hope you can get a place on the podium!
  • Friday, 16 Mar 2012 05:06 by Yvi
    Good Luck for Melbourne. LG Yvi
  • Friday, 16 Mar 2012 09:50 by Cristina López
    HELLO ALONSO!! :D Good Luck in the clasification,s Melbourne ok?? You try to go out in the first second or third line ok?' ;) Good Luck in thr race,s Melbourne ok?? ;) You try to finish in the podium okk?? I hope that you have a good weekend Alonso okk?? :D YOU ARE THE BEST OF FERRARI TEAM Alonsoo :) When I see the races I thinking of you Alonso :P This weekend is gonna be very amazing Alonso ok? FORZA FERRARIIII!!1 :D WHAT HANSOME ARE YOU ALONSOOO!!! :D I LOVE YOU ALONSO :D BY: CRISTINA LÓPEZ(SPAIN)
  • Friday, 16 Mar 2012 11:18 by Allison
    Hi Fernando, good luck for this weekend and the rest of the season. It is always a pleasure to watch you racing. You have the talent and determination to win your third drivers championship. Go get it! :)
  • Saturday, 17 Mar 2012 12:42 by Nagore
    Hey! How are you doing? it's nice to hear from you again. Finally in Australia!! I hope you'll set off on the right foot. Best wishes
  • Saturday, 17 Mar 2012 08:20 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Glad you didn't get hurt, unfortunately we didn't go through to Q3 today, we watched you were still trying very hard to return to track. You are a incredible FIGHTER. My heart is with you. Never say Never, the results will be still unpredictable with different tyres & strategies..etc.. We keep very positive, we know you are "Magic Alonso", We cross our fingers until the last minute.... Vamos Fernando..Never give up.....xoxoxo
  • Saturday, 17 Mar 2012 09:21 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...Want to say " Muchas Gracias " to you again making Bob's and my Australian Grand Prix 2012 spectacular so far. Also thanks for your gorgeous smiling face and autographs always. Tomorrow will be a fantastic day, we keep hope. Go fighter...xoxoxo
  • Saturday, 17 Mar 2012 10:55 by navneeth
    Hi Fernando,saw the qualifying,tough luck ,hope u can reach the podium from 12 th .we all know ur a fighter!! keep spirits high,see u in the podium
  • Saturday, 17 Mar 2012 11:34 by Giaco
    Dear Fernando, I just wanted you to know that all ferrari-fans are very proud to have such a great person and driver like you ;) ...you always try to give 1000 % and I´m really sad that at the moment we are not able to satisfy you by giving you a better car :(
  • Saturday, 17 Mar 2012 01:13 by Nagore
    Wow, fortunately today is Saturday!! Best wishes for tomorrow. Podium
  • Saturday, 17 Mar 2012 03:03 by kimcanada
    No worries about today, like you said, no need to get angry, things will work out and get better, you are the best driver ever so you will make it work. Biggest ever hugs honey Love you, love you, love you!!! Kim (Canada)
  • Sunday, 18 Mar 2012 11:04 by Konstantin
    Hi, Fernando! Well finished the race, but there is something a team. You're a good recer.ROSSIA
  • Sunday, 18 Mar 2012 12:01 by FasterEvaNano
    Hi Nano...We are happy you brought some very valuable points home today. We watched you all the way in your right-hand side in the first corner stand. I don't know you saw us waved your Spanish & Asturias flags there(^_^)..You had a nice start, gained some positions. Also, pushed very hard afterwards. Unfortunately SC came out not the good timing for us, otherwise we might have more chance. But we couldn't deny team need to improve the car better, especially in Medium rubbers. Overall today, you did your best, you gave it all you can and you proved you are a true Champion and a true fighter once again.!! Thanks Fernando, We had a Fantastic weekend in the circuit, couldn't do it without you. We will see you again in SIN GP in September. And now, please have a good rest before the Malaysian GP next weekend. Support you always...xoxoxoxo
  • Sunday, 18 Mar 2012 03:38 by kimcanada
    Fernando, I told there was nothing to worry about! You did great today. Better than anyone thought you would, (except me of course, I knew you would be great, as always) Very exciting race Wonderful to see you race again I hope you are happy and content with your finish today. Remember, love you lots Kim (Canada)
  • Sunday, 18 Mar 2012 04:57 by Lorraine
    Hello Fernando! Loved watching you in the race today. While it wasn't a podium, you had a fantastic start and brought home some valuable points for the WDC and for Ferrari. There is no doubt that you will remain positive and focused and continue to fight. The future belongs to you!
  • Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 05:13 by Luisa Cambras
    OH MY GOD ... OH MY GOD ... OH MY GOD ... AHH ... EEH ... OOH ...YES YES YES ... FANTASTICO ... FENOMENAL ... FABULOUS FERNANDO ... YOU WON THE MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX!! Just ‘beeutiful’ to behold ... the umbrellas’ were up today but I must take my hat off to you once again for driving SUCH a brilliant race ... you can relax now and enjoy your well-deserved break before China content in the knowledge that you are currently top of the Drivers’ Championship (‘against all the odds’?) ... WELL DONE mi campeon ... mi hereo xxxxxxx

 

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